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Gender: Male Meaning of Leon: "lion" Origin of Leon: Greek variation of Leo Leon's Popularity in 2017: #245

The name Leon is a boy's name of German, Greek origin meaning "lion". Leon is ranked #245 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Leon is one of the leonine names that is extremely hot in Europe right now. Although it peaked here in the 1920s, it is slowly making its way back, and it could climb further with parents wanting a more serious and studious alternative to Leo.

Russian Marxist revolutionary Lev Davidovich Bronstein is known to history as Leon Trotsky. Leon (LAY-on) has been the name of three French prime ministers and was recently in the news via then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Leon Russell (born Claude) is a respected singer-songwriter, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie used Leon for their son Knox's middle name.

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Famous People Named Leon

Leon Leonwood Bean, founder of L.L. Bean
Leon Battista Alberti, Italian Renaissance man
Leon "Kix" Brooks, American singer
Leon Trotsky (born Lev Davidovich Bronstein), Russian revolutionary
Leon Frierson, American actor/comedian
Leon Hall, American football player
Leon Panetta, former U.S. Secretary of Defense
Leon Preston Robinson IV, American actor
Leon Spinks, American boxer
Leon G. Thomas III, American actor, record producer, songwriter, and singer
Leon Washington, American football player
Leon Williams, American football player
Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges), American musician
Leon James "Lee" DeWyze, American singer-songwriter
Leon Brittan, former English MP
Leon Frank Sylvers III, American singer-songwriter
Todd Michael "Leon" Bridges, American gospel/soul singer
Leon Frank Czolgosz, American anarchist who assassinated U.S. President William McKinley
Leon Bailey, Jamaican professional footballer
Leon Jackson, Scottish singer, winner of The X Factor 2007
Leon Oliveira Martins aka Coisa de Nerd, Brazilian YouTuber
LÉON, stage name of Swedish singer-songwriter Lotta Lindgren
Léon Bruel (b. 2005), son of singer Patrick Bruel
Leon (b. 2010), son of singer Zhana Bergendorff
Prince Leon von Fürstenberg (b. 2012), son of Prince Alexander von Fürstenberg and Ali Kay
Leon Kroos (b. 2013), son of footballer Toni Kroos
Leon Castro (b. 2013), son of actress Mercedes Scápola and Mariano Castro
Leon Alexandre Biaggi, son of motorcyclist Max Biaggi and beauty queen Eleonora Pedron
Leon Bell, son of guitarist Andy Bell of Oasis and singer Idha Övelius
Leon Alexander Krull, son of singers Liv Kristine and Alexander Krull of Atrocity
Leon Kostelić (b. 2016), son of skier Ivica Kostelić
Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt, son of actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Pop Culture References for the name Leon

Leon Black, character played by JB Smoove on "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Leon Scott Kennedy, main character in the Resident Evil series
Leon Vance, a character on TV's "NCIS"
Leon, character in movie "Eloise at the Plaza"
Leon, character in The Fast and the Furious series
"Leon: The Professional," 1994 movie
Sir Leon, knight in Arthurian legends
Leon Grey, main character in the series "Birthmarked" by Caragh M. O'Brien
Leon, Reborn's pet chameleon in the manga and anime, 'Katekyo Hitman Reborn!'
Leon Phelps, The Ladies Man, character played by Tim Meadows on TV's "Saturday Night Live" and in a 2000 movie
Kings of Leon, American Rock Band
Leon, a former dragon priest and eligible bachelor in the 3DS game Rune Factory 4
León, former Spanish kingdom
LEON, English Vocaloid
Leon, character in TV series, "Canimals".

Leon's International Variations

Léonce, Léon (French) Leonid (Russian) Leonti, Leos (Slavic) Leoncio (Spanish) Leonzio, Leone (Italian) Leo (German)


richardkr34 Says:


#1 for my wife and I at this point in time

eveyalecia Says:


Leon from Eloise at the Plaza!!! Yes, that's always my first association, too. :) I also think of Sir Leon from BBC's Merlin.

AriellaBar Says:


My great-grandfather's name. He was known as Arieh (lion of god) in Yiddish, and I am named after him. He was born in Romania but fled to Cuba. Leon worked well in both countries.

maibritt Says:


I love this combination for twins. It gives them a connection, but they are not so similar. I also love Nora and Aron.

maibritt Says:


that is because Leon is a quite popular name in Germany at the moment

headintheclouds Says:


I love many of the Leo- variant names, and I've always ranked Leon highly on the list. To me, it's a "complete"-sounding name, versus Leo which I feel is too short to be a full name (it's a nickname to me!).

Leon is more timelessly classic than some dated Leo- variants like Leonard, and more distinguished and buttoned-up than some of the more romantic-adventurous choices like Leonidas. That sweet middle spot that Leon occupies is really what I really love about it.

(I've always associated Leon with the adorable royal boy from the Eloise at the Plaza movie (:)

Abigail Says:


Toni Kroos, my favorite soccer player, named his son Leon. I love this name. Also because I love the band Kings of Leon.

Ivory88 Says:


What a nice, underused name!

Guest Says:


it's generally Lee-ahn but I think in French they say Lay-own

vintageluvs Says:


Is it pronounced like Leone (lee-ohn) or more like Leo with an n (lee-ahn)?

Renee5322 Says:


Always liked this name. It's also "Noel" spelled backwards :)